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Real Wedding | Sonya & Eric

Bride | Sonya Barton
Groom | Eric Barton
Wedding gown style | Fawn
Wedding date | June 16, 2012
Boutique purchased | Vera Wang Bride Melrose
Location | Melrose, Los Angeles, California
Photographer |  Jasmine Star
Planners | Angela Tormey Margolis and Erin Sprinkel at Sterling Social Events

First things first, where did you meet your husband and was it love at first site? Eric and I met through mutual friends while grabbing lunch at Simmzy’s Restaurant in Manhattan Beach, California. What started out as just another Sunday turned into the beginning of our love story. Sitting at the table bantering and laughing, we both knew there was a connection that was different. It was May 1st, 2011, and from that moment on, we started down a path of getting to know each other, dating, spending time together, having fun no matter what we were doing, meeting each others’ friends and family, sharing our lives and falling in love. It didn’t take long for each of us to know that we had found “the one”.

How did he propose? Tell us the story! Eric proposed while we were up in Seattle for my Mother’s 60th Birthday Party. Knowing how important my family is, he knew it was vital to ask my father’s permission to take my hand in marriage as well as being able to celebrate in my hometown. After a special night celebrating my mother’s birthday, we managed to slip away and have time to be alone. Eric got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. It was the most simple, sweet, intimate, perfect moment for us. We were able to go enjoy all of our favorite spots in Seattle the next day as well as the SuperBowl with our friends and family which couldn’t have been more fitting. I know the Giants won that year but I felt like the champ, I had found the love of my life.

Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown? We got engaged May 5th and I decided on the Vera Wang Fawn gown by May 15th. My first day of dress shopping had been unsuccessful until I noticed a gown we had somehow overlooked in the dressing room. When it was on I stood there and tried to find something wrong with it, but I was unsuccessful. It was perfect! Fawn is the most romantic, whimsical, classic yet comfortable and lightweight wedding gown I had ever seen or tried on. I made sure to schedule a few other appointments to see other options but every dress did not hold a candle to Fawn. I knew it was the gown I’d wear as I walked down the aisle to wed the man of my dreams!

How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique? Fawn is such a gorgeous gown with just the right amount of detail so I chose to go simple with my jewelry. I wore a single micro pave gold bangle and micro pave gold drop earrings both by Nadri. I added one more element of sparkle with the Jimmy Choo wedges in the champagne course glitter fabric. 

What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding? We decided on having our wedding on the cliff of Terranea Resort in Ranchos Palos Verdes because we both love the ocean and the property and view is breathtaking. Combining the gorgeous mediterranean setting and the casual energy of coastal Southern California, it was the perfect location to fit our style of classic and romantic. Instead of a lot of bold color I stayed more neutral and went for a variety of textures, shimmer and glow from candlelight and reflections. I don’t feel that a full, busy, beaded gown would’ve matched the setting of our wedding. The trumpet fit and whimsy of the Fawn was the right amount of “beachy” and class to match the coastal inspiration of our special day.

Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding? (I.e. fragrance, fine papers etc.) If so how? We registered for Vera Wang Dinnerware and it is timeless and stunning!

Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours? ABSOLUTELY!

  • Something Old | My mother’s garter that she wore on her wedding day. My parents just celebrated their 40th anniversary so that really meant alot to wear it 40 years later on our wedding day.
  • Something New | My jewelry, shoes, and the gown of course!
  • Something Borrowed | I borrowed a clutch from a dear friend to use for my lip gloss, etc for the reception
  • Something Blue | My mother’s garter is blue so we “killed two birds with one stone” with that one.

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress? Choose a dress that is you. Do not let anyone talk you into a gown that they think is right for you. You have to feel your absolute best in it, feel yourself in it. And most of all LOVE it!!! And it doesn’t hurt to think about your fiance/future husband. Will he love it too? When choosing a dress make sure to keep the location/venue and the theme/inspriation in mind. A gown can be out of place at certain venues.

What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share? From beginning to end, our wedding day was the BEST day of our lives so far! But, I can choose three favorite moments I don’t think I can narrow it down to just one!

  1. After a fun morning of getting ready with my bridal party and mother, I finally was able to see Eric at our “first look”. It was so nice to connect with him and take a deep breath, focusing on what the day was all about, starting our lives together as a Mr. and Mrs.
  2. My father walking me down the aisle and seeing my future husband waiting for me at the end. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.
  3. When we were first announced as Mr. and Mrs. Barton. I was BEAMING!

I’ll end on this note. Of course the gown, tux, decor, flowers, music, etc. is such a huge part of a wedding, but the best gift of all is being able to share this union with your closest friends and family. Everyone is in one place to be part of this momentous event and those memories will last a lifetime!

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